“Those who live in Durham get the best of both worlds–breathtaking scenery and the slower pace of New England country and small-town life, with the ability to access the best in arts, culture, and sporting events whenever one wants to.” (retrieved from www.ci.durham.nh.us/community/life-durham-and-surrounding-areas)
Durham has a population of 14,664 and a vibrant downtown area. The University of New Hampshire has 13,000 undergraduate, 2,000 graduate students, and a faculty/staff of 1,000. UNH is a land, sea, and space-grant University. (http://www.learn2.unh.edu/about/grant.html). The population on Durham and the surrounding communities (Newmarket, Lee, Madbury, Newington) is 30,454.
Recognized Christian Student Organizations:
- Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God)
- Cru UNH
- ChildVoice- UNH
- Graduate Christian Fellowship
- Greek Inter-varsity
- Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship
- Canterbury Club (Episcopal)
- Catholic Student Organization
- Waysmeet Student Association
Total reported members: 299
% of represented enrollment: 1.99
- Durham Evangelical Church
- Community Church of Durham (UCC)
- St. George’s Episcopal Church
- St. Thomas More Parish
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
(4% evangelical, based on 500 attending Durham Evangelical Church, which would include students
[googlesearch accessed 5.20.13])
Durham, NH is a church planting priority given its location and size in the seacoast region, the lack of evangelical presence, and the eternal impact of reaching college students that will influence the world. Our desire is to see a collegiate church plant on the campus of UNH that will focus on reaching the students with the gospel of Christ. We are also looking for a planter to start a community church in the neighboring town of Newmarket, NH. It is a revitalized community, with young families and a significant UNH student population.
We are praying to the Lord of the Harvest to raise up church planters to reach the city of Durham, NH with the transforming power of the Gospel. Perhaps you are that church planter. Contact Sean Simonton, NAMB church planting catalyst for NH, if you would like more information on starting a church in Durham, NH – firstname.lastname@example.org; 603-717-6924.